Atlanta Braves (49-37) at Milwaukee Brewers (52-35)
|Date & Time||Saturday July 7, 2018, 4:10 PM (EDT)|
The Line: Milwaukee Brewers -126 / Atlanta Braves +116 --- Over/Under: 9
The Atlanta Braves and the Milwaukee Brewers meet in game three of their four game set from Miller Park in MLB action on Saturday.
The Atlanta Braves will look to snap a four game losing skid after dropping the first two games of the series, including a 5-4 loss in game two on Friday. Dansby Swanson led the Braves with two RBIs while Ronald Acuna Jr. added an RBI as well in the losing effort. Nick Markakis went 3 for 4 while Ozzie Albies and Freddie Freeman each added a double. Johan Camargo added a base hit as well in the loss. Mike Foltynewicz took the loss, giving up five runs on six hits while striking out seven over six innings of work to drop to 6-5 this season. Anibal Sanchez will start game three and is 3-2 with a 2.89 ERA and 48 strikeouts this season. In his career, Sanchez is 2-2 with a 6.37 ERA and 35 strikeouts against Milwaukee.
The Milwaukee Brewers will look to win the series and push for the sweep on Sunday after taking the first two games of the set. Jesus Aguilar led the Brew Crew with a three run home run while going 3 for 4 with a double while Tyler Saladino added a two run shot to round out the scoring for Milwaukee in the win. Eric Thames, Manny Pina and Ryan Braun each added a base hit as well in the victory for the Brewers. Freddy Peralta got the win to improve to 4-1 this season after giving up just one run on three hits while striking out six over six innings of work. Corey Knebel tossed a scoreless 9th for his 11th save of the season. Aaron Wilkerson will start game three and is 0-0 with a 15.00 ERA and 3 strikeouts this season. This will be Wilkerson’s first career start against Atlanta.
Atlanta is 6-2 in Sanchez’s last 8 starts and 4-0 in Sanchez’s last 4 starts against a team with a winning record while the over is 4-1 in their last 5 games against the NL Central. Milwaukee is 11-4 in their last 15 games against the NL East and 4-0 in their last 4 home games while the over is 6-2-1 in their last 9 games overall. The over is 4-1 in the last 5 meetings between these two teams in Milwaukee.
The Braves have burned me in each of the first two games of this series, so you wouldn’t be foolish to back Milwaukee on that stance. However, Atlanta came close to rallying on Friday, the Braves just couldn’t get the hit they needed in the 7th and 8th innings and were hosed on a bad replay call in the 9th. Wilkerson was a mixed bag in his small sample size as a starter last year, and his lone appearance this year saw him yield five runs in just three innings against Cincinnati. Atlanta has been solid with Sanchez on the bump, winning six of his last eight starts, so I’ll try the Braves one more time on Saturday.